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SELECTED WORKS BY Julia Wachtel

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Julia Wachtel
Champagne Life

2014

Oil, lacquer ink and flashe on canvas

5 panels, overall: 152.4 x 472.4 cm
Champagne Life, the eponymous title of the exhibition itself, inverts an image of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, with the poorly copied plastic sculpture of Minnie Mouse. The pathos of the latter’s pathetic construction provides what the artist terms “a place of interiority” which is both “intimate and vulnerable” in stark contrast to the pure “exteriority” of Kim Kardashian, a figure who manipulates the public eye and spectre of fame so dexterously as to have “broken the Internet.” The title itself is drawn from a song by R&B artist Ne-Yo, who sings of a life “where dreams and reality are one in the same”. This paradoxical attempt to converge the fantastical with the real is the epitome of a culture driven by the lust for celebrity, and the figure of champagne as a relatively affordable signification of luxury life, the highest aspiration and emptiest cipher.
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Julia Wachtel
Landscape No. 19 (Witness)

2014

Oil, flashe and acrylic ink on canvas

6 panels, overall: 152.4 x 325.1 cm
Poppy panels of colour overlay grainy images taken from various media. Each is punctured by an invading cartoon character, drawn from greeting cards,
perversely and hysterically juxtaposed with the appropriated imagery. Wachtel, who has been working in the same vein since the 1980s as part of the Pictures Generation, is heavily influenced by Andy Warhol, a prevalence in her oeuvre that has been accelerated by the Internet’s quicksilver exchange of images and the blossoming of celebrity culture; ink dot subsumed to pixel, Marilyn Monroe to Kim Kardashian.
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Julia Wachtel
Landscape No. 18 (Container/Cave)

2013

Oil, lacquer ink and flashe on canvas

5 panels, overall: 152.4 x 250.2 cm
Her screen prints are almost algorithmic in their composition, taking thetemperature of contemporary popular culture in both an instinctive and premeditated way
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Julia Wachtel
FLAT

2014

Oil, flashe and acrylic ink on canvas

6 panels, overall: 152.4 x 307.3 cm
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Julia Wachtel
THAT

2014

Oil, flashe and acrylic ink on canvas

3 panels, overall: 152.4 x 245.1 cm
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Julia Wachtel
Circles and Door

2014

Oil, flashe and acrylic ink on canvas

152.4 x 358.14 cm
© Natasha Hoare, 2015

OTHER RESOURCES

juliawatchel.com
Artists website- Julia Watchel

elizabethdee.com
Elizabeth Dee- Julia Watchel

vilmagold.com
Vilma Gold- Julia Watchel

contemporaryartdaily.com
Additional images and information- Julia Watchel

moma.org
Additional images and information- Julia Watchel